Art @ The Mechanics’ ends this week

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Brechin’s Mechanics’ Institute is once again playing host to an art exhibition featuring local artists and artists from the surrounding area.

The highly anticipated Art @ The Mechanics’ was launched on Friday, May 3, with a preview for artists, guests and friends.

John Ogilvie welcomed everyone and explained that all proceeds from the event go to continuing the on-going refurbishment of the Mechanics’ Institute.

Fund-raising is important and he thanked everyone for their support during the past year and those businesses and individuals who kindly donated raffle prizes for this event.

This year the exhibition includes some stunning work by local textile artists alongside a wide range of paintings using many techniques and various mediums.

The exhibition has attracted local artists and some from throughout Scotland. It provides an exciting, colourful display well worth visiting to appreciate the wealth of talent we have on our doorstep.

Brechin High School pupils contributed some of their work despite being in the throes of examinations.

The exhibition is open to the public until Sunday (May 12) between 12 noon and 4 p.m. The opening hours will be extend on Friday (May 10) until 8 p.m.

A spokesperson for the Mechanics’ said: “Reports presented at the recent annual general meeting showed that the external works are now complete and thanks go to the THI for their support. Improvements have been made internally and this will continue in 2013.

“We have some new regular lets, for example, kickboxing and pilates, alongside our other regulars like the Bridge Club and the pensioners.

“We also had some very successful new events to complement Art @the Mechanics including the Budapest Orchestra, Tayside Opera, Christmas Fayre and the V&A promotion event to name just a few.

“Continuing to make The Mechanics Institute the chosen venue for any event takes money, time and considerable effort.

“The Management Committee have worked hard to ensure that this happens and are confident that events like Art @ the Mechanics will become a recognised annual event in the Art calendar in Angus and we can continue to attract more events to Brechin.

“The Committee would welcome new members and anyone interested in joining please get in touch via our web site at www,brechinmechanicsinstitute.org.”